10. It was a long and difficult journey, especially for Mary whose tummy was getting very big because the baby was nearly ready to be born.
There is a strange encumbrance, a draw back to being heavily pregnant; how you move, what you can eat it or drink. What a time for Mary to take a long journey? There must have been great expectation, in the simple birth of a first child and this promise of Emmanuel.
Advent can be a time of preparation as we move toward the birth of the Christ-child. We may grow wise in the encumbrances or draw backs in our own spirituality in this ‘long and difficult journey’ we call life.
What burden do we gift to Jesus that he would carry for us?